Toby Keith easily assumes the No. 1 position on Billboard’s country albums chart this week with sales of more than 204,000 for Big Dog Daddy. The project also edges out urban artist Fabolous to debut at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart that tracks sales of all genres of music.
Big & Rich’s Between Raising Hell and Amazing Grace, which debuted at No. 1 last week on the country chart, falls to No. 2. They’re trailed by Carrie Underwood’s Some Hearts at No. 3, Taylor Swift at No. 4 and Jason Aldean’s Relentless at No. 5. The latest albums from Tim McGraw, Rascal Flatts, Alison Krauss, Bucky Covington and Sugarland round out the Top 10. All five of these titles see a double-digit sales boost this week.
Outside of the Top 10, many artists enjoyed major increases in sales this week, including the latest projects from Rodney Atkins (No. 11, up 50 percent), Larry the Cable Guy (No. 13, up 77 percent) and Montgomery Gentry (No. 28, up 73 percent).
It would have sucked if Brad Paisley’s “Ticks” hadn’t gone to No. 1. However, he surges from No. 3 to No. 1 on the country singles chart this week. Tracy Lawrence’s “Find Out Who Your Friends Are” falls to No. 2. Montgomery Gentry’s “Lucky Man” gets closer to the bull’s-eye at No. 3. George Strait has No. 4 all “Wrapped” up and Emerson Drive’s “Moments” lands at No. 5. Big & Rich’s “Lost in This Moment” rises to No. 6, ahead of Billy Currington’s “Good Directions,” Keith Urban’s “I Told You So,” Alan Jackson’s “A Woman’s Love” and Jake Owen’s “Startin’ With Me,” at No. 7 through No. 10, respectively.
Only one new single appears on the chart: Waycross’ “Nineteen” at No. 58. Back on the country albums chart, the only new entry is Roy D. Mercer’s Double Wide: Vol. 3 at No. 73. Cherryholmes’ new CD, Cherryholmes II: Black & White, arrives at No. 1 on the bluegrass albums chart.